Besides offering a variety of Major programmes, the College encourages students to pursue a Minor in any of the Major disciplinary areas:
Students can also take on a Minor in subjects that are not offered as a Major. This includes:
To do a Minor, students are required to complete at least five core courses. These five courses will be counted under the elective requirements of their undergraduate programme.
This four-year direct honours programme provides a concrete foundation in both classical and modern Chinese literature, a deeper understanding of Chinese language, and a broader perspective on Modern China and the Chinese diaspora in Southeast Asia. The programme aims to equip students with multidisciplinary research skills and bilingual capabilities.
The Wee Kim Wee School of Communication and Information (WKWSCI) is the top communication school in Asia. It offers a four-year undergraduate degree programme, the Bachelor of Communication Studies with honours. The programme trains and prepares graduates to be leaders in the field of communication. Students receive the best training from top professors and practitioners in media and communication. Students can design their own programme by choosing to specialize (or engage in interdisciplinary studies) in any of the following: journalism, broadcast and cinema studies, advertising, public relations, and communication policy and research. There are also opportunities to study abroad at prestigious overseas universities such as Cornell University, Peking University and the University of Southern California.
Economics is a social science that deals with the creation, distribution and consumption of wealth. Because it is about people and the real world, the study of Economics enables students to learn about banking, finance, globalization, and also about broader social issues such as poverty, education, health, and the environment. It is a versatile discipline with close links to politics, sociology, psychology, business and finance. This four-year degree programme offers a solid training in economic theory and statistical methods and offers a wide choice of courses to suit students’ interest and mathematical aptitude. Students may select one of three areas of concentration in Development and Public Policy, Finance and Business, or Quantitative Economics. Students may also choose to do a general economics major covering a wide selection of modules without the need to specialize.
This four-year direct honours programme combines the study of traditional canonical literature with a diverse range of contemporary approaches to literature, film, and critical theory. While the programme covers all aspects of traditional literary studies, it also remains constantly alert to new developments in literature and culture. Students can choose to specialize in comparative literature, Singaporean and Asian literatures, drama, critical and literary theory, Cultural Studies, Film Studies, Postmodernism, or Gender Studies. The Division of English also offers teaching in Creative Writing.
The History programme offers foundational courses such as historiography and the histories of particular continents, regions and countries. Students will not only understand Asia’s vibrant dynamisms and longstanding interactions with the outside world, but they will also be equipped with the tools to understand the complex and multidimensional impacts that science, medicine and technology have had on the development of contemporary societies, regions, and the world. Students will develop the ability to draw upon their understanding of the past and other cultures to provide informed advice about public policy, contemporary scientific and technological developments, and cross-cultural business decisions and opportunities.
Linguistics & Multilingual Studies
Linguistics is the scientific study of one of the fundamental features of being human – the ability to communicate through language. In this direct honours degree programme, students investigate the key facets of human communicative behaviour by studying a wide range of topics – from how meaning is created to the impact of modern technology on the everyday use of language. The interdisciplinary nature of our curriculum provides a solid education through learning about language in a broad range of disciplines, including anthropology, communication, computer science, education, philosophy, psychology and sociology. Designed with a focus on multilingual individuals and multilingual societies, the curriculum complements the university’s strengths in science and technology, and addresses Singapore’s need for a linguistically competent workforce in an increasingly globalised world.
Philosophy literally means, “love of wisdom.” As an academic discipline, philosophy is concerned with the study of fundamental problems such as those connected to the nature of knowledge, reality, existence, mind, language, science, and morality. It involves a broad and systematic critical examination of questions that underlie the foundations of other disciplines. As such, philosophy shapes the way we think and act. It also heightens our sensitivity towards the nuances of life and simultaneously enhances our ability to engage with them. Students will develop critical thinking skills, communication skills, reflective consciousness and other transferable skills, which will enable them to flexibly adapt to the changing circumstances of the world.
Psychology is the study of the human mind and behavior. It is an interdisciplinary subject, spanning topics from biological science, medical science, neuroscience, to social science. The broad-based undergraduate programme offers students a comprehensive education in psychology: with basic knowledge of the main fields of psychology, as well as opportunities for focused study in more specialized areas such as clinical psychology, cognitive neuroscience, psychological study of culture and social cognition. Students develop solid research and writing skills, and become good problem solvers, with a well-developed critical thinking ability when it comes to analyzing, synthesizing, and evaluating information. In Singapore and abroad, opportunities for graduates in psychology are increasing in both government agencies as well as in the private sector.
Public Policy & Global Affairs
This four year direct honours programme offers courses that focus on global, Asian and Singaporean societies with an interdisciplinary orientation. The programme will equip students with theoretical and practical knowledge in areas such as policy analysis, public policy, international relations and comparative politics. The professional training in public policy, political dynamics, international politics, comparative public administration, and global affairs lays a solid foundation for graduates for a possible career in the public, non-profit, or even business sector in Singapore, and in regional and international governmental or non-governmental organisations.
Sociology is the study of social relations, how they are formed and what their consequences are. It is the broadest of all social science disciplines: all spheres of social life – cultural, economic, and political – are open to sociological inquiry. Through this four-year direct honours programme, students will learn to analyse the social conditions that impact human lives, and confront difficult issues affecting different people in different ways. The curriculum emphasises critical thinking, theoretical reasoning, empirical research and communication skills. The study of sociology will help students to develop the ability to think through complex issues and go beyond conventional wisdom – an ability essential to many organisations and vocations today.
The Art History programme, offered as both a second Major and a Minor, is the first of its kind in NTU and in Singapore. Through a study of artworks and monuments from diverse cultural and historical spheres, students will acquire a foundational knowledge of artistic cultures and an understanding of their distinctiveness. Students also develop a preliminary facility for looking at artworks and interpreting them in ways that are methodical, purposeful and informed.
This Minor is for students interested in exploring their creative literary potential. Students learn the techniques necessary for crafting well-made poetry, fiction, drama, and screenplays, and are encouraged to nurture their creative and innovative abilities. The courses comprise workshops that are devoted to literary form and technique, and to the exploration of contemporary trends.
What is Film? How do we understand it? How does it provoke our responses? These three questions guide our courses in film studies. Through close textual analysis (rhetorically and grammatically), students are guided to approach Film Studies from a variety of approaches, including film-making, film criticism, film theory, and the history of film, and to respond to film in aesthetic, ethical and cultural contexts, among others.
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This Minor explores Asia’s global connectivity from ancient past to the present, from economics to cultural influences, and from the arts to people and societies. This is an interdisciplinary Minor that places Asia within a dynamic global and diasporic context. It enhances students’ understanding of historical and contemporary global culture and politics by enabling them to engage with an extensive and intensive study of Asia and Asian Diasporas in the past and present.
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Students will learn about the various aspects of translation including the context of its historical development, the leading theories and the principles of translation from both Western and Asian schools. Students will also learn the basic techniques of translation, and be exposed to three specialized areas of translation (Mass Media, Business, and Science and Technology), and explore the use of translation strategies for these texts.